Florida GOP rakes in money from major companies

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican Party of Florida continues to raise significantly more money than their counterparts at the Florida Democratic Party.

Republicans raised nearly $10.4 million in the first three months of the year, according to campaign reports filed Thursday. Democrats by contrast only raised $2.15 million.

One of the largest donors for the GOP was Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Ross donated $250,000.

Ross and many other major donors have issues currently being debated by the Florida Legislature. Other big donors include utilities, companies pushing to bring casinos to the state, sugar growers, and beer distributors.

Democrats took in large checks from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Disney Worldwide Services, and a campaign committee affiliated with former Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist is a Democratic candidate for governor.

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